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Microsoft to sell its first-party Xbox One games at current $59.99 price point

Saturday, 15th June 2013 14:54 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Microsoft has confirmed to two different outlets that it will be selling its Xbox One games at current prices.

A company spokesperson told both
Polygon
and
Kotaku
that its first-party games will still run you the standard $59.99 or whatever your usual regional equivalent happens to be.

While Sony hasn’t exactly committed to the current price point for its own first-party titles, but back in February after the PS4 reveal, SCEA boss Jack Tretton said games priced on the system would run anywhere from 99¢ to $60. This implies that there won’t be a change in the current games price structure for the new system, at least on Sony’s end.

That’s not to say that EA, Ubisoft, Take-Two or any other third-party publisher won’t up the price.

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said during the firm’s last financial call to investors that he expects development costs for next-gen to increase, as new tech always causes an increase in costs, and this “transition will not be an exception.” However, he didn’t say whether the games would cost more as a result.

We’ll all just have to wait and see what the sticker prices state when the game hit shelves.

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25 Comments

  1. monkeygourmet

    And how much for downloaded games please?

    #1 1 year ago
  2. KineticCalvaria

    First good decision they’ve made.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Max Payne

    Activision talking about new tech ? Yea obviously they invested so much in Ghosts. LOL.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Aullah

    @1 The same. Or more.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. CyberMarco

    Yeah, the real question is how much for digital games…

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Bloobat

    Yeah Download prices are an area that need sorting out next gen, I can’t speak for Live as I don’t have it but on PSN the digital prices of 3rd party content (first party titles are usually the normal £40 on release e.g The Last Of Us) is extortionate in many cases, For the over priced stuff I now resort to halving cost with someone else and letting them download it and I doubt that will work next gen!

    Sony need to be more forceful on third party content and not let them price it over a certain amount!

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Moonwalker1982

    Ok this is good news then. Bobby Kotick saying that probably means you’ll pay more for CoD Ghosts. It would be pathetic if they do that.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. monkeygourmet

    I have a feeling COD Ghosts will be £54.99 in the MS online store or maybe even £59.99, considering BLOPS2 is £49.99 in the current 360 store for a digital copy.

    Launch prices will be even higher in the live store as they know kids will be pestering their mum and dad over Christmas and normal shops will be shut.

    Perfect captive audience.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Kieran

    you would think digital would be cheaper !!! like assassin creed 3 was 70 euro on psn when it was released but at my local game store was 49.99e madness

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Malmer

    There is a real opportunity here for both Microsoft and Sony to drive users towards the higher margin download version by not pricing them as high as they possibly can, but by simply having lower price for the downloaded version. Since the margins are higher and the risk is substantially lower there is room for that kind of pricing.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if either or both of the console makers see to it that the pricing is lower than $60 for new games in the online store. A new game in store here in sweden is around 549-599 SEK (or 699 if you are crazy and buy your game at the supermarket). If new games in the online store is around 499 SEK I would not buy a physical copy, but go straight for the more convenient download option. The prices had better follow the same curve over time as stores for the price decrease though.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. monkeygourmet

    @11

    Stop spamming your site!

    I let it go in the comment section because it was creating discussion. (I even gave you a click and read your article).

    Don’t get fucking greedy.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Lengendaryboss

    @11
    I wouldn’t say useless you can still watch Netflix, right and MS’s goal is for a Media box :D

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Stephany Nunneley

    @11 No it will not. It has already been debunked which is why you have not seen much coverage – at least on mainstream sites. Secondly, you have been warned to stop spamming your site in the comments section before.

    This is your last warning.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. pukem0n

    since both consoles have an x86 architecture, shouldt it be easier and cheaper to make games on it?

    At least for everyone except Kotick

    #14 1 year ago
  15. lookingglass

    $60 for Xbox One games due to always online. $70 for PS4 since publishers lose money from used games, pirating, and give always.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Phoenixblight

    @16

    All the games I have preordered for PS4 has been 60$ so I don’t know where you are getting 70$.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Aullah

    @17 You do know they did not announce the prices yet… It can change ANY TIME.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Phoenixblight

    @18

    No because after the conferences they had the prices to 100$ and now they are 59.99 plus with AMazon once the prices goes down they can’t go back up again. Plus Best Buy and Gamestop have all set the price of next gen games to 59.99 when they either weren’t listed or 100$ just like Amazon.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Maabren

    @ lookingglass

    BS, Max $60 on both system but as MS are greedy they may hit $99 before you no it.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. NightCrawler1970

    @17 prob, Game-pass? the extra 10 bucks?

    #20 1 year ago
  21. noamlol2

    if you’re going the DRM route then Msoft must have a cheap as steam marketplace ANDDDD they need to support CD keys for games

    #21 1 year ago
  22. ps3fanboy

    oh they try to crank up the prices because its nextgen, lol… these rental games on disc is damn expensive if you ask me. fuck this i am not paying any 60 dollars pr new games… thats for damn sure…. i guess the next gen pc like consoles that is as easy as pc to develop on and save them more money in less dev time. will not give any price cut for the gamers as they promised…. what a fucking joke!

    #22 1 year ago
  23. NeutralBlade

    Azure was never marketed as a tool to make games cheaper; it’s purpose is to increase profits via restrictions while taking your rights away. The $60 price point shouldn’t surprise anyone. We won’t be seeing Steam-like prices on any console platform; definitely not on the Xbone One.

    I said prior to E3 week, that you’ll be paying full price for a license, not an owned product. Good luck to all the Xbox loyalists, as I hope the situation improves for you.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. Digital Bamboo

    Not surprised AAA games will still be $60. They will probably just push DLC harder than ever before to make up the additional costs of developing on next gen.

    The smart thing to do would be to cut the digital prices by about 15% off the physical disc price, thus incentivising people to download, increasing digital sales, and lowering production & shipping costs over the long term.

    If they were really smart, they’d introduce a download point system that offerend increased discounts, or even free games, to those that purchased X number of games digitally.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. MidlifeAxe

    They want more people to adopt purchasing more products digitally, but then have high prices for them.

    Logic.

    #25 1 year ago

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